Super Healthy Pumpkin Chili

Last week was kind of rough. Late nights at work coupled with some less than stellar running left me feeling blah. But when I left the office on Friday, I decided to go for my tried and true pick me up – a manicure in a fun color! I’ve pretty much given up on pedicures due to my running callouses, but a $10 manicure every week or two is something that I’ve made a habit of. Yeah, I realize this has nothing to do with running or cooking, but it does a lot for my mood 🙂

Another thing that perked me up was a visit to my family’s place in Pennsylvania. I love living in Manhattan, but sometimes it’s nice to get a break and just be a couch potato (sort of) for the weekend. One of the best things about visiting the suburbs – Target excursions!

I’ve been lovin’ spandex shorts lately and I scored a pair at Target that are an exact replica of my Lululemon reverse groove shorts. Except they were 1/2 of the price. Sweet.

I finally had a little free time this weekend, so I was able to hang out in the kitchen. Plus I had people to cook for, so I didn’t have to eat my leftovers for a week straight! I decided to make turkey pumpkin chili (based on a whole foods recipe). It was full of vegetables, beans, and white meat turkey – super healthy!

Turkey Pumpkin Chili (serves 4-5)


  • 1 Tbs canola oil
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb white meat ground turkey
  • 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 15 oz can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbs cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • hot sauce to taste (my family doesn’t do spicy, so I added this to my bowl before eating)

  • Heat canola oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  • Add bell peppers, onion, and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Add turkey, break up with a spoon, and cook until browned.
  • Add tomatoes, pumpkin, kidney beans, water, cumin, salt, and pepper and cook covered on medium-low for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add chili to bowls and garnish with grated cheese, tortilla chips, and hot sauce.

After my super healthy chili, I needed a little sugar and butter in the form of cake and ice cream. Happy Birthday Grandma!

After two days of solid sleep, good eating (both healthy and indulgent), and some fun new Tarjay purchases, I’m feeling ready to conquer the upcoming work week. Plus, my long run today didn’t suck (more on that later!).

What’s your favorite Target purchase (I can’t be the only one who gets sucked in…)?

  • I’m obsessed with Target. I love buying EVERYTHING there. I get pajamas there a lot, and that’s where I almost always buy DVDs. I also love their greeting card selection.

    Sigh. I miss Target. I never go to the ones in NYC because I’m terrified of the crowds. Sweet suburbia, sometimes I miss you…

  • AR

    A large % of my running stuff is Target C9. Especially my capris. I have like 3 pairs purchased for 10 bucks each. Yay!

    Also, the shamrock ribbons and green socks I wore at my St. Patty’s race? TARGET. Awesomesies.

  • I tried on those same shorts at Target the other night! They have a great athletic wear section– I got a great long-sleeved spandex top for $12.99 a few months ago. My location in Queens also recently expanded its grocery section and I was able to restock on all my baking ingredients for little $, yay.

  • Kelly

    Oh my gosh my husband loudly groans whenever I decide to go to Target because I can’t ever get out there for less than $100 I swear! I try and try but it just never happens!!!

  • I always get sucked into Target too! i can’t think of my favorite purchase…but their workout gear certainly always gets me.

    I could have used a manicure or something for a little pick-me-up this past week too. It was a rough one!

  • those spandex shorts are awesome. i foresee a target trip in my future!

    i think i need to hop on the mani train asap. i want to perk up my spirits

  • Have I told you my Target shopping strategy? I don’t allow myself to carry a basket around. This is supposed to prevent me from buying shit I don’t need, but really just results in my carrying armfuls of shit I don’t need in a very awkward manner. Last time I had two jars of peanut butter stuffed in my purse, which I had to extract at the register.

  • That chili sounds delicious! I’m definitely going to have to try it sometime. I pick up a lot of C9 workout gear at Target, too. All my sports bras are C9, by now. It’s a good thing we don’t get there often because we can drop a lot of $ there.

  • Maren

    Those are super cute!! I might have to make a target run!! I could never decide on the best thing I’ve ever bought from target…I’ve gotten SO MANY amazing deals there!!

  • Meggie

    What color is that? I get too many manicures, but its just so tempting! I loved “Smokin’ Hot” by Essie and it is now DISCONTINUED. I’m heart broken.

    I die for everything Target. I love all of the designer collections that they will have for a limited time for that designer, the room essentials furniture which is super cheap, and pretty much anything else they sell. The Isaac Mizrahi for Target stuff is great, too.

    Keep your head up. I hope to be half as good at running as you are some day!

  • The chili looks wonderful – I need to make some again soon! And followed by cake and ice cream…what could be better?
    I always leave Target with at least one thing other than what I came for – I think last time it was a new water bottle. The shorts you got look super comfy!

  • AH, Target is one of the reasons I LOVE going home– I’ve been to the one in East Harlem but it’s just not the same carrying it all back instead of piling bags upon bags into the trunk of your car! I do love their running stuff, I have a few Champion tank tops that have lasted for a while…guess I need to make another trip soon to stock up on shorts 🙂

  • My favorite running-related purchase at Target is my favorite pair of shorts – Champion brand — from 2 or 3 years ago. They have built in spandex down to mid thigh, and then two full pockets with ZIPPERS on the side. I can’t find anything like them anymore!! I NEED this because I run with keys, money, gum, and sometimes a snack. or a broken ipod.

    How do you run with spandex and no shorts? Where do you tuck little belongings that you need to carry?

  • Manicures always do the trick for me too! And I’m in dire need of one 🙂 I heart tarjay for cheap yoga/running stuff ann really need to make an excursion to Harlem soon. Glad you had some downtime at home – happy B-day to your grandma!

  • @RoseRunner – the spandex actually have a tiny pocket that’s just big enough for keys and some $$ (or a subway card).

  • mel

    This sounds so good. I usually make a sweet potato chili and add turkey to it on occasion, but I’m going to try this one this week!

    also, I love your ring! Care to share where you got it?

  • Even with all the sweet gear hook ups I get as job perks, I LOVE the champion sports bras from target!

  • i need those target shorts! (for hot yoga). and that chili! going home to recharge sounds lovely. glad your weekend was goood. see you soon??

    i am not much of a target-er but i do like cheap groceries. and spandex. you know, the essentials.

  • Oooh, pumpkin in chili sounds amazing!

    Our local target is now a super target that carries groceries. They have cheap chobani, larabars, and most importantly dark chocolate dreams peanut butter for 1/2 the price of WF! I try not to go too often because it’s not good for my budget 🙂

  • Nicole

    Yay for Wilkes Barre this weekend! Wish I had given you enough notice, you could’ve joined us at Smoky Bones Restaurant!

  • I wonder who started the whole “Tarjay” thing!

  • Runnerskitchen

    Hmm, I think it was Rosie O’Donnell?

  • Danielle

    is there no chili powder in that chili?

  • Anonymous

    @Danielle – I didn’t add chili powder because my family does not like
    anything spicy (not even a little bit!), so I added hot sauce to my
    individual bowl. If you like, you can add Tbs of chili powder along with the
    cumin, salt, and pepper 🙂

  • I love that nail color! Definitely a good pick me up. I’m a sucker for workout gear at Target, too. Mostly because I hate spending money on it (since it’s more functional than fashionable). I have a pair of shorts I got there that I wear ALL the time for $3!

  • i can’t believe i’ve let the whole winter go by without making chili. you may have just inspired me – pumpkin chili is something i’ve always meant to attempt.

    i’m glad you had a good weekend away! getting out of town was so necessary last weekend. although, you know, after last week i’m completely out of sorts since i haven’t seen you in a whole 6 days now. 🙂

  • Lilveggiepatch

    Gah I miss having Target just down the street! I still have a lot of my workout clothes from about five years ago from there… their stuff is surprisingly good quality.

    Love that chili! I’d love to try making it with beans.

  • Danielle

    ah ok! makes sense!

  • Can you give us some details on the shorts (brand, style #, etc)? I’d love to find a pair myself!

  • @Laura – they are C9 brand by Target. I’m not sure what the style # is, but they’re in stores now!